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Paul Allen

Paul has lived with and worked with renewable energy technologies for 30 years. His background and training is as an electrical and electronic engineer. Paul joined the Centre for Alternative Technology in 1988, developing a wide range of renewable energy systems including solar medical systems for use overseas. Paul has lead the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Britain research for 10 years; liaising directly with Government, business, public sector and the arts. www.zerocarbonbritain.com

Recent positions including Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (2013), Wales Science Advisory Council (2010-14), Climate Change Commission for Wales (2007-2015), Board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008-2013), Fellow Royal Society of the Arts (2005-date)

Rt Hon Lord David Alton

Lord Alton served for 18 years as a Liverpool Member of the British House of Commons before stepping down in 1997 when he became an Independent Crossbench Peer, serving in the House of Lords. He was first elected, to Liverpool City Council, while still a student at Christ College, Liverpool, (a constituent College of today’s Hope University) and became the City’s Deputy Leader and Housing Chairman. He was the youngest member of the House of Commons and later his party’s Chief Whip, holding several Front Bench portfolios.

He currently serves in Parliament as Chair of the All Party Group on North Korea, was a founder of the parliamentary group on religious freedom and belief, and serves as an Officer of several other parliamentary groups. For his work on human rights he was created a Papal Knight by the Pope; received a Coptic award for advocacy; and in 2016 was awarded the Thomas More Religious Freedom Award.

He was a founder of the Jubilee Campaign and is a Board member of the charity, Aid to the Church In Need, chairman of the charity, The Christian heritage Centre, and is a patron or trustee of several charities.

Lord Alton said: "The Big Hope is a brilliant opportunity to bring together a rising generation whose friendships, ideals, and leadership, can help create a more hopeful and just world than the one into which they were born.”

Mr Steve Atherton

Field Worker for the Justice and Peace Commission.

The Justice and Peace Commission highlights the importance of social justice issues and it tries to remind people that the church has a provocative mission to the world and in the world. Church is a place where we engage with, rather than escape from, the world. This service of God through service of each other brings joy not gloom.

The commission works through the principles of the Pastoral Cycle: See – Judge - Act.

Before his appointment as field worker in 2004, Steve worked as a drama teacher for over 30 years. From 1999 he was a member of the Justice and Peace Commission, sitting for a period as its chair. A visit to Bangladesh in 2000 as a CAFOD Millennium Awardee was life-changing experience.

He enjoys working with adults to explore their faith and is involved in developing and facilitating the Faith For Life programme across the diocese and further afield. He is a frequent visitor to parishes and welcomes invitations to work with groups or to give talks. In November 2017 he made the Romero pilgrimage to El Salvador. March 2018 saw his 100 monthly column in the Catholic Pictorial.

Steve lives with his wife Anne in the parish of St John in Wigan. Their five children are grown-up and the first grandchild has just arrived.

Robert Atlay

Robert Atlay DL is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 40 years professional experience and is both a Member and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Among his many professional roles, he has served as Medical Director of Liverpool Women’s Hospital and as chairman of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Liverpool.

He has been appointed by a number of Secretaries of State to serve on the Maternity Services Advisory Committee, the National Transplant Panel and the English National Board of Nursing Midwifery and Health.

He was High Sheriff of Merseyside in 2003/04 and has been a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside since 2003. Bob has also served with distinction on Hope’s University Council.

Bishop Paul Bayes

Bishop Paul comes from Bradford, West Yorkshire. A churchwarden’s son, his spiritual and social life in the late 1950s and 1960s was formed by Sunday school, church choir and youth group.

Like many teenagers he decided in 1968 that all this was a waste of time, and in his University years he left the Christian faith behind and investigated a whole range of other spiritual and political options before re-encountering Jesus Christ as a living person, and committing himself to serve God within the ministry of the Church Ordained in 1979. Paul served as a curate in Whitley Bay before moving to London as a University chaplain. After five years in London Paul and his wife Kate moved to High Wycombewhere Paul ministered as Team Vicar and then Team Rector.

In 1995 the family moved to Totton where Paul served as Team Rector. After almost ten years in Totton, and twenty-five years in pastoral ministry, Paul moved to work for the Archbishop’s Council in London as the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism advisor. In 2010 Paul was invited to move to St Albans Diocese as Bishop of Hertford. In 2014, it was announced that Paul would become the 8th Bishop of Liverpool and was installed as Bishop in Liverpool Cathedral on 15th November.

Jane Beever

Jane Beever began teaching in a variety of state and church schools throughout England as modern foreign languages teacher. She has been Head Teacher at Loreto, Altrincham since 2006 and Executive Head of another High School in Greater Manchester. Loreto is part of an international family of over 70 Schools worldwide with a common purpose of providing an education that is "rooted, responsive and relevant". Jane is a National Leader in Education and a member of the inaugural cohort of the National School of Formation, a network of leaders in Catholic Education in the United Kingdom.

Dr Erinma Bell, MBE DL

In 2003 Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA - Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. CARISMA became a front-line community based group set up to offer life-chances for young people in the community by giving them positive alternatives other than street crimes, and gun crimes www.carisma.me.uk.

Erinma employs a successful model that ‘builds social capital’ amongst grass roots individuals, community groups and key stakeholders, employing methods that offer transformative solutions to those who seek to promote social cohesion within their communities to bring about peace. This successful model enabled a 92% decrease in gun and gang crime in Manchester.

In 2007 CARISMA were awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community.

In 2007, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recognized Erinma’s efforts in Chapter One of his book ‘Britain’s Everyday Heroes’. In 2008 the Crown awarded Erinma with an MBE in recognition of her services to the community and in 2011 she was made Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester as a representative to Her Majesty the Queen. Erinma has a sculpture of her which is made from 50 recycled guns as a tribute to her work to reduce gun and gang crime in Manchester. The sculpture was unveiled in Manchester Town Hall and is the first female statue to go on display in the Town Hall in 150 years!

Erinma continues to lead on work around issues such as Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Peace Keeping and Peace Building within an urban environment.

Nehha Bhatnagar

Nehha Bhatnagar is an internationally renowned Indian Classical Danseuse and also one of India's youngest arts Impressarios. Nehha has performed in over 14 countries and across cities, towns and villages in India. She also runs a unique arts organization, Sarvam Foundation which works for promoting India's performing arts in fresh ways. Sarvam also runs free classes for underpriviledged girls in slums in Delhi and makes them capable of performing in international shows. Its focus is arts as a life educational tool and it has changed the dialogue of what it means to be a girl child from the disenfranchised strata. Nehha is a prominent Curator of TEDx talks and is also a frequent speaker at TEDx conferences.

Vanessa Boateng

Vanessa Boateng is CEO and Founder of the New Era Initiative. She works with parents within her community. She helps migrant parents understand the integration of their children in the UK, and also educate them on the child protection laws and welfare of children in the UK. She also helps them to develop modern skills in parenting. Her BA course, Childhood & Youth and Social Policy, at Liverpool Hope University will help her develop policies of inclusiveness for migrant families, as there are no structural policies in place for diversity in the UK.

In March Vanessa was invited to a special reception with the Queen, in recognition of her work with the British, Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) community in Liverpool.

The Lord Lieutenant of Liverpool and Chair of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association – where she works as an Executive Secretary - put her forward for the event. As a Secretary for the Commonwealth Association, Vanessa organises meetings and records the proceedings. She works with the BAME community to ensure the protection and welfare of children.

Roger Brown

Roger Brown is the Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University. He was previously Vice Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, Chief Executive of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, and Secretary of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.

Before that he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry (1976-90) and an administrator with the Inner London Education Authority (1969-76). He has served on many national committees and boards. He has written four books and many articles and lectures on different aspects of higher education. He has been a Professor, Visiting Professor or equivalent at twelve universities. He was elected a Life Vice President of the Society for Research in Higher Education in 2007 and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Administrators in 2010.

He has Honorary Degrees from Southampton Solent University, the University of Southampton, Liverpool Hope University, and the University of West London. He received the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His latest book The Inequality Crisis: The facts and what we can do about it was published by Policy Press in September 2017. He is an international authority on the application of market-based policies to the provision of higher education.

Emma Callander

Emma is an award-winning director, Associate Artist for the Traverse Theatre, Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Uncut and Creative Director of the Birth Debate for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Her work for the Traverse includes Cuckooed by Mark Thomas (winner of Fringe First and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). Her work for Birth Debate includes directing Choices by Stacey Gregg at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, the Southbank Centre, the Bush Theatre London and the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Emma has commissioned and directed Theatre Uncut's work by writers including Mark Ravenhill, Tanika Gupta, David Greig and Sabrina Mahfouz at the Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic and Traverse Theatre winning two Fringe Firsts, the Herald Angel and Spirit of the Fringe Award.

Other theatre directing includes Banksy: The Room in the Elephant and Digits for the Tobacco Factory Theatre and the Truth About Youth Princes Trust project with Travelling Light.

She trained at the National Theatre of Scotland under the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme assisting Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany. Emma also co-directed the Arcadia Spectacular show at Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield. His 9 critically-acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him a plethora of four and five star reviews. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian, came runner-up in the Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards and performs and writes sketches for comedy collective Abnormally Funny People.

In 2015 Laurence was part of Abnormally Funny People’s successful run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre. In 2016 he toured Scotland in Birds of Paradise’s critically acclaimed play Purposeless Movements, nominated for two CATS (Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland). Last year he was selected for the BBC Class Act training scheme for disabled actors. He also wrote and performed in his first short film, Tick Box for 104 Films, which premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Laurence’s first play, Cured has just won an Unlimited R&D commission. It tells the story of 4 young disabled Scousers who rebel during a Catholic pilgrimage to Lourdes and will premiere at Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre in November. Laurence and collaborator Matt Holt have been commissioned by Channel 4 to write a pilot for their sitcom Intolerable, about two incompetent equality and diversity trainers. Lime Pictures have also just optioned Help, Laurence’s drama series set in Liverpool about people who use social care.

Jane Corbett

Jane Corbett has lived in Everton for 40 years. Involved in community development since 1981 she has been Labour Councillor for Everton since 2002 and is currently Assistant Mayor leading on fairness and tackling poverty. Jane works collaboratively to achieve greater fairness and overcome inequalities within Liverpool communities. Jane was awarded Liverpool City Council’s Certificate of Merit and Dr Duncan Medal for Public Health in 1998, gained an MSc in Urban Renewal from Liverpool John Moores in 2004, was given a Senior Fellowship at Liverpool Hope University in 2012 and was made a Lay Canon of Liverpool Cathedral in 2016.

Nadine Daniel

Nadine advises the Archbishops’ Council on the development of refugee policy for the Church of England, the Twenty Six Bishops who are Members of Parliament (The Lords Spiritual) on refugee and related legislation, and responsibility for the Church of England’s role as a Principal Sponsor of the UK Government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme.

Previously, Nadine worked as a Barrister in her home city of Liverpool for twenty five years, and then as Project Coordinator for both Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals’ Community Outreach Project “Hope+”. They worked to create an interdenominational and multi faith response to all those in need in the city, especially those who came via the refugee crisis.

Jacky Embrey

Jacky is the Moderator of the United Reformed Church’s Mersey Synod, covering Liverpool, the Wirral, most of Cheshire and the West of Lancashire.

The United Reformed Church started in 1972 when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000.

Prior to her ordination, on the 30th anniversary of the United Reformed Church, Jacky was a Chartered Accountant. She is married to John and they have two adult sons.

David Fleming

David Fleming, OBE, MA, PhD, former Director of National Museums Liverpool (2001-18) is the newly-appointed Professor of Public History at Liverpool Hope University. He is responsible for the creation of two museums in Liverpool - the International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool, which have won major prizes and are influential globally. He believes that museums are not, and should not pretend to be, neutral; on the contrary, they are political, active and liberalising influences. David has lectured in more than 40 countries, and has advised dozens of governments and municipalities on museums and cultural development, in areas such as ethics, politics, tourism and human rights.

Luca Fiorani

Dr. Luca Fiorani obtained a degree in physics from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in laser remote sensing from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland).

He earned also the university diploma of Laser Safety Officer and performs this assignment for his Division at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). Dr. Fiorani was PI of projects in laser monitoring of atmosphere and ocean.

He represents the Italian Government at PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment), a working group of the Arctic Council. Dr. Fiorani is adjunct professor of general physics, laser spectroscopy, physics didactics and climate physics. He tutored 16 thesis, 11 international fellowships and 3 postdocs.

Dr. Fiorani has published 76 peer-reviewed papers and nearly 300 other publications. Since 2008 he is preseident of the ecological initiative EcoOne.

Ivana Gabalova

Ivana works at the Anne Frank House as a trainer and project coordinator, teaching about a range of topics with a focus on critical thinking, dialogue, and the values of human rights and democracy. Her projects involve development of educational materials, teacher trainings, workshops for high school and university students, training of prisoners and guiding youth in becoming active citizens and developing their own projects.

Outside the Anne Frank House her research/activist focus is on counter-radicalisation and on rehabilitation of violent extremists. In 2016, she presented a campaign she helped develop at the United Nations. Ivana holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam.

Pat Gaffney

Pat Gaffney has been General Secretary of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace since 1990. Prior to this, Pat was the Schools and Youth Education Officer for CAFOD, the Catholic Aid Agency and before this a teacher.

Her work as General Secretary involves Pat in lobbying and campaigning within the church and political networks on peace and security-related issues; support and facilitation for church-related groups on Christian peacemaking as well as co-ordinating the day to day running of Pax Christi in Britain.

Currently Pat’s campaigning involves work on Drone warfare and attempting to engage the Church in critical thinking on the morality of drones; work on military spending and campaigning with others to present sustainable, human forms of security that are not based on fear or violenceIn 2016 Pat was part of a ground-breaking initiative between Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace, helping to facilitate an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace, contributing to Catholic understanding of and commitment to nonviolence.

In 2002 Pat was given the first Peacemaker Award of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace at their international Chapter in London. In July 2005 Pat was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize in the 1000 Women for Peace Project. In April 2012 Pat was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List of people who make useful contributions to society.

Canon Ruth Gould MBE, DL, FRSA, MA

Ruth Gould is the Artistic Director and founder of DaDaFest, one of the largest disability arts festivals in the world. Based in Liverpool, DaDaFest was originally established in 1984 as a disability arts forum. Since 2001, it has produced a biennial international festival with artists from the UK and across the globe. The 14th international festival runs from 31st October – 8th December 2018.

Ruth initially trained in performance arts, speech and drama at Liverpool Theatre School, and has worked in the arts / disability arts all her professional life. She is on the Board of Dis Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, an advisory member for the Granada Foundation, VAE gallery in Raleigh, NC [USA], Pune Biennial [ India] and Liverpool City Council Tourism and Culture Select Committee.

She is currently the Unlimited Chair of the main Commissioning Panel, having held that role since 2014.
In the last two years she has worked in Finland, Qatar, Toronto, New Delhi, Pittsburgh, Palestine and recently returned from Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as delivering talks, chairing or leading workshops across the UK.

As a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow, she visited India, Malawi & Cape Town to make connections with disability organisations around the world. In April 2015 she was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside, was made an honorary Canon at Liverpool Cathedral in October 2016 and awarded a MBE in 2016 Queens 90th Birthday Honours. Ruth sees disability rights very much as human rights, and is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker.

Abhaya Gurumurthy N B

Abhaya Gurumurthy N B is a student of literatures written in English and Kannada. She was educated in University of Mysore, India. Now she teaches Postcolonial Literatures, Indian Literatures, Women writers in Christ University, Bengaluru, India. Her other research interests are higher education administration, faculty development, Strategic planning.

Professor Frederick A. H. Hale

Professor Frederick A. H. Hale, BA, MTS, MA, MTh, PhD, DLitt et Phil, ThD, DLitt, DrPhilos, ACG is an alumnus of Harvard University. Professor Hale earned his doctorates at Johns Hopkins University and eight universities in Scandinavia and South Africa. They are in various fields of History, Theology and Religious Studies, Literary Studies, and Psychology. To date he has published approximately 250 books and journal articles, chiefly in his doctoral subjects but also dealing with topics in music, linguistics, and contemporary world affairs.

His career has encompassed teaching and research appointments at universities in Norway, Sweden, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China, and South Africa. Presently he is Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in South Africa and concurrently a member of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge and a visiting fellow at Liverpool Hope University. Professor Hale holds the rank Advanced Communicator Gold in Toastmasters International and is keenly interested in helping students and other people develop their communicative skills, not least across national and cultural borders.

Myra Houser

Professor Myra Ann Houser is assistant professor of history and coordinator of the BA in Social Justice Studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. An OBU graduate, she holds an MA from the College of William and Mary and PhD from Howard University. Her research focuses on legal solidarity and rhetorical connections between twentieth-century southern African liberation movements and their overseas colleagues. This work has received funding from the Tokyo Foundation, Phi Alpha Theta, the American Historical Association, and Columbia, Princeton, Ouachita, and Howard.

She has published in Atlantic Studies, Safundi, Human Rights Review, and in edited volumes and professional blogs. Currently, she is completing a manuscript on the history of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Philip Jennings

Philip J. Jennings is General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global trade union for the services sector, with 900 unions in 150 countries. His mission is to Break Through for workers to allow them to unionise and collectively bargain with the conviction that their rights are an essential part of human rights.

Philip is a global union pioneer, recognized as the ‘global warrior’ for workers’ rights. UNI Global Union has spearheaded a coordinated union organising push in all continents, with over 150 initiatives in 50 countries. His dedication and ingenuity have led to a transformation of global union work from supply chain justice, notably the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, through global agreements with multinationals, to union solidarity. Philip was a mover for the Bangladesh Accord, which was a response to the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in April 2013 that claimed more than 1000 lives. The Accord is to be extended a further three years, a testament to its success in improving factory safety and saving workers’ lives.

With more than 50 global agreements with multinationals, many of which have substantial markets in the U.S., UNI Global Union has been able to influence the spread of workers’ rights in the country, despite the anti-union environment. The G20 last year recognised the values of such global agreements, as furthering the case for business to respect human rights and in addition to the global agreements we have built global union alliances in key global companies.

Philip was appointed to the ILO Commission on the Future World of Work. The initiative marks the 2019 centenary of the ILO with its Future World of Work report scheduled to be published in July 2019 Under his leadership UNI Global Union has become a thought-leader on the digital revolution. Philip is committed to ensuring that workers have a voice in this ‘Brave New World’ where Big Tech threatens democracy. His message to the ILO Commission is that we are not prepared and the levers are not in place to deal with this seismic digital shift.

Philip recognises that poverty anywhere is a danger to society everywhere, and is a committed supporter of the peace movement. He took the UNI World Congress and its 2000 delegates to Nagasaki in 2010 to better understand the horrors of nuclear war, and supporting the launch of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) five years ago, the organisation which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Under the title, “Unions for Peace”, Philip delivered the prestigious Remembrance Day Speech for the Movement Against War at the Imperial War Museum in November 2017 where he outlined the inter-connectivity between the union and peace movements over the 150 year history since the TUC was founded in the UK in 1886. UNI will celebrate the formation of the TUC and its strong ties to peace at the UNI World Congress in Liverpool in June 2018.

Philip is the de facto spokesperson for the labour movement at Davos where he ensures that the workers’ voice is heard loud and clear by the government heads and business leaders who gather there each year.

Last year, the University of Cardiff recognized Philip’s contribution to the international labour movement and global democracy with an Honorary Fellowship.

Angela Lake

Angela Lake co-founded Liverpool- based Fifty Eight in 2014. Fifty Eight partners with companies, charities and other organisations to address the challenges of modern slavery and improve working conditions in global supply chains.

Most recently, their work has centred around addressing the needs of migrant workers from East Africa recruited into the Gulf. They are currently piloting a mobile app for both job seekers in Africa and those already employed in the gulf. The aim is to give accurate information that can lead to informed choices and better protection from exploitative and unscrupulous recruitment and employment practices.

Anne Lonsdale, CBE, MA

Anne Lonsdale, CBE, MA, was President of New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge University from 1996-2008. She was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1998 – 2003 and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor till 2008. She is currently the University’s Deputy High Steward. She took two BA degrees at Oxford, in Classics and Philosophy and in Chinese Language, History & Literature, and lectured in Chinese Literature there. She later became Director for External Relations at Oxford and, from 1992-6, the first Secretary-General of the Central European University (CEU) founded by George Soros in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw

In 2009 she joined the Kazakhstani team creating Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, founded on its own Law requiring it to uphold Autonomy, Academic Freedom and collegial decision-making, and was Founding Provost 2010-2012 and 2015-16. From 2014-2016 she chaired the Governing Board of the European Humanities University in Vilnius (forcibly closed by President Lukashenko in Minsk in 2004 because too democratic and now a university in exile in Lithuania since 2005).

She has been Chair of Cara (Council for at-Risk Academics) since 2009. Cara is a UK Charity founded by Sir William (later Lord) Beveridge) in 1933 after Hitler closed German universities to “Jews and other undesirables” and left them destitute and endangered. Nowadays Cara supports academics forced to flee their universities and countries, often in fear for their lives, and seek sanctuary abroad. Cara helps the individual and their family but also supports teaching and research wherever Freedom of Speech and Assembly and Academic Freedom are challenged, partnering with 117 universities in the UK and others in Canada, Australia NZ and Germany.

Stephen Lowe

I have worked at Enterprise for over 13 years, and have most recently moved back to the North West of England having spent the past two years on the South Coast of England heading up the Business Rental Sales Team.

Within my new role as Lead Mobility Consultant, I offer businesses advice on their mobility requirements to help drive both efficiencies and cost savings. My role encompasses heading up Car Club in the North West of England and managing the B2B sales team.

Carol Maibvisira

Carol Maibvisira grew up in the nurturing and tight-knit community that is the sunny city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Yet, she recalls a real sense of lacking the ability or belief that expressing some of the painful life challenges faced as a young woman, might lead to meaningful help. Early in life, she also began to experience grief for the loss of family and loved ones to AIDS-related illness.

Together, these formative life experiences have shaped her concerns for health, equality and change driven by young people’s aspirations. In Zimbabwe, she worked with different charitable organisations that safeguard young people’s well-being. Scholarship awards from the ALICT Institute, and British Council enabled her participation in their respective programmes aimed at young African leaders. Her current PhD (Health) study with AUT University, Auckland investigates ways of improving young peoples’ shaping of school-based sexuality education (focused on HIV prevention).

She has published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance; Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, and AUT’s ‘The Public’s Health, Inequalities and Social Justice’.

Awards include: Claude McCarthy Fellowship (2018), and several awards from AUT for publication, research, and teaching assistance (2012-2016).

Bishop Vincent Malone

Vincent Malone was born in Liverpool on 11 September 1931. At the age of eighteen he went to St Joseph's College, Upholland to study for the priesthood and was ordained in his home parish of St Oswald,on 18 September 1955. His first appointment was to be Chaplain at Notre Dame Convent and College in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool (1955-1959) and while there he studied at Liverpool University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1959. From Cambridge University he obtained in 1960 a Postgraduate Certificate in education (PGCE) and in 1964 a Diploma in Education (Dip Ed).

From 1960 to 1961 he served as Assistant Priest at St Anne's,Liverpool and was a part-time teacher at St Francis Xavier's. Then for the next ten years (1961-1971) he served on the staff of Cardinal Allen Grammar school for Boys, first as an assistant teacher and eventually as Head of the Department for Religious Studies.
In 1979 Archbishop Worlock appointed him as Administrator of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and the following year he was appointed Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) and Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter. In 1980 he was elected Chairman of Convocation of Liverpool University, the first churchman to hold that post.

In 1981 he was appointed to be a member of Archbishop's Council, on which he still serves today.
He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Abora and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpoolon 3 July 1989. He served as Chairman of the Bishops' Conference Committee for Higher Education and as Episcopal Liaison for the National Board of Catholic Women. He retired as Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool on 26 October 2006, but remains as a Vicar General and Trustee of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Salifu Manneh

Salifu Manneh is a mental health practitioner. He is currently the clinical audit lead with Alternative Futures Group, UK and is also the director of Mobee Gambia Mental Health Project, a charity in the Gambia.
His academic achievements include; a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Teesside University, a BSc Nursing from Sunderland University, an MSc Health sciences from Teesside University, and is currently completing a PhD in Nursing with Manchester Metropolitan University. Salifu has worked across a number of fields, including; assertive outreach, forensic inpatient and community teams, acute inpatient, community rehabilitation, elderly care and crisis service and Part-time lecturing.

Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthy is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, and a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, where she was Reader in Family Studies until her retirement in 2015.

Jane is a family sociologist and researcher with particular interests in parent/child relationships: earlier projects included mothers and their 7-year old children; step-families; the family lives of young people aged 16-18. Following the death of her husband in 2000, when their daughter was just 5, she extended her interests to children’s experiences of death and bereavement. More recently she has also become involved in international research, including children's family lives in China, and family deaths in Senegal. Much of her current work is framed by the theme of ‘family troubles’.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

The Most Rev Malcolm Patrick McMahon OP was born and brought up in London, the second of three brothers. When he left school, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He then worked in the transport industry before joining the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1976. He made his religious profession in 1977, and studied philosophy at Blackfriars, Oxford and theology at Heythrop College, London. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Basil Hume on 26th June 1982.

He lived in Holy Cross Priory, Leicester between 1984 and 1985, during which time he served as Catholic Chaplain to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University), before moving to St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill, in north London. He later served as Parish Priest of St Dominic’s, Newcastle-upon-Tyne before returning to St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill as parish priest. In 1992, he was elected Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Preachers; having served for two terms as Prior Provincial, in 2000 he was elected Prior of Blackfriars, Oxford.

On 7th November 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him ninth Bishop of Nottingham, and he was ordained to the episcopate by Bishop James McGuinness in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on 8th December 2000. Archbishop McMahon is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Education and Formation, and the Catholic Education Service (CES). He is also National President of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace.

It was announced that Archbishop McMahon had been appointed ninth Archbishop of Liverpool on Friday 21st March 2014 and he was installed as Archbishop on Thursday 1st May 2014, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

Nanette Mellor

Nanette has dedicated her career to working for disabled people for over twenty years and has experience in the field spanning the public, private and third sector. Her earlier experience includes delivering and managing residential care and supported living services, respite, day services, employment and volunteering projects within local authorities.

Her previous role included national responsibility for the design and implementation of Mencap's grassroots campaigning activity. She designed and coordinated campaigns to improve local and national governmental decision making on learning disability policy and practice and public awareness raising. The most recent campaign she delivered for Mencap was Learning Disability Week 2013, a sector wide campaign which won more online supporter engagement than any previous Mencap campaign.

In 2014 Nanette took up her first Chief Executive Officer role with our charity and soon after, in 2015, Nanette was nominated and won one of Merseyside’s Women of the Year awards: The One Ark Award for Social Impact. She was also recently voted Social Leader of the Year at the English Woman of the Year Awards (North) 2018 after turning the Charity’s fortunes around and more than doubling its size in less than three years. Nanette is also Chair of Cheshire Downs Syndrome Support Group as growing Charity which offers social and educational support to children and young people with Downs Syndrome and a Governor of The Walton Centre NHS Trust, a major Neurological hospital in Merseyside.

Dame Lorna Muirhead

Dame Lorna came to Liverpool in 1965 and worked as a midwife for 40 years spending most of that time at the Liverpool Maternity Hospital and the Liverpool Women's Hospital. Her passion was the care of labouring women and over this time she delivered many Liverpool babies sharing many joys with Liverpool families.

In 1994 Dame Lorna was elected to the Council of her professional body, The Royal College of Midwives, which is the oldest and largest midwifery organisation in the World. In 1997 she was elected as President of The Royal College of Midwives and served for 7½ years as a National and International ambassador for midwives.

Her contribution and passion for midwives, midwifery, women and their families was acknowledged in 2000 when she was awarded Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) for service to midwifery.

In 2003 Dame Lorna was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside and from 2006 - 2017 she was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside - The Queen's personal representative in the county. At the end of 2016, Dame Lorna was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the Crown. She retired on 13th September 2017 as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside.

John O'Shea

In 1977, sports journalist John O'Shea interrupted a successful media career to turn his attention to helping the group of people referred to by Saint Teresa of Calcutta as the "Poorest of the Poor" and found that he had a talent for this endeavour. After a 35 year stint as CEO of GOAL, the agency he founded, and having helped raise in excess of $1billion, he retired in 2012 to concentrate his energies on delivering pro bono lectures to students in universities and colleges, on the importance of social entrepreneurship.

O'Shea has received honorary doctorates from Notre Dame University and from the Open University. Part of the Notre Dame citation read:"You have raised awareness and provided tangible support for millions who otherwise would suffer without access to life's fundamental necessities. Your passionate commitment to the poor and your tireless dedication to the relief of extreme poverty exemplifies the finest qualities of the human spirit. By deciding to act on behalf of those in greatest need, you serve as an inspiration for all who seek to change the world but are tempted to believe they are too small to make an impact"

Bob Geldof said of O' Shea: "John O' Shea is a great hero of mine-he's a great hero of Ireland and to the millions of people he has helped. Bono and I were hugely inspired by this mad lunatic who doesn't hold his temper or his tongue, who has never been diminished by detail or by the minutiae or by dilemmas that are thrown up. God bless John for not shutting up and for endlessly, standing up for those who can't do it for themselves. Great man"

Basheer Oshodi

Basheer Oshodi is the Group Head, Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank and has over 19 years work experience in banking, real-estate and management consultancy. He is a member of the Islamic Finance Working Group – sponsored by EFInA (DFID programme) and was a member of SEC Alternative Finance Market Master Plan Committee. Basheer was Head, Non-Interest Finance and Head, Research at EFInA. He was Head, Islamic Banking Risk & Compliance at Stanbic IBTC Bank (a member of Standard Bank Group) and set up the non-interest banking window. He also initiated products compliant with non-interest finance principles for Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd. He has worked as an investment analyst and business analyst in other capacities.

Basheer holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Estate Management and General Management respectively from the University of Lagos. He has a PGD from the Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (IIBI), London and he is an Associate Fellow of the institution. He obtained a Masters in Research (MRes) Business & Management from London Metropolitan University; MPhil Economics from the University of Buckingham, UK; and a Ph.D. in Management of Innovation & Technology from DaVinci Institute for Technology Management, Modderfontein, South Africa in conjunction with Trans4m Center for Integral Development, Geneva. He has completed the Executive Programme on International Housing Finance at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

He is a Senior Fellow at Trans4m; Research Fellow - Centre for Housing Studies, University of Lagos; Research Fellow - Centre for Integral Socio Economic Research, Lagos. Basheer is a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) and American Economic Association (AEA). His research focus is development economics across several jurisdictions & thoughts, innovation management and Islamic finance. He is the author of the book titled – ‘An Integral Approach to Development Economics: Islamic Finance in an African Context’ published by Gower, UK. He has also published over 25 academic articles & chapters and over 50 non-academic articles.

Richard Outram

Richard Outram is an undergraduate student reading Development and Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. He is the co-founder and Secretary of the Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum, established in January 2016 to build peace in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham and beyond. The Forum consists of fifty organisations, local, national and international, which have signed the Pledge to Peace (www.pledgetopeace.eu), an initiative launched in the European Parliament in November 2011 to build ‘a culture of peace’ across Europe. Signatories include Oldham Council – the only major local authority to have signed the Pledge in the UK – and 25 local academies, colleges and schools, with which work is ongoing to develop peace education initiatives

Richard is also the Editor of the Forum’s magazine, the Oldham Peace Times, and an ambassador engaged in fundraising and community promotional work for the Manchester-based Mines Advisory Group (www.maginternational.org), a charity is engaged in landmine clearance and education work in former and current conflict zones around the world.

Shirley Potts

Shirley Potts is North Development Lead for Child Bereavement UK – a national charity that supports parents when a baby or child dies, and children bereaved of anyone significant.

Shirley joined Child Bereavement UK in 2012 as Director of the Department of Health funded Regional Development Project which looked to improve bereavement support in areas of deprivation.

Prior to this, she spent ten years as a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University heading up Disability Studies but maintaining her interest in bereavement issues following seven years at a children’s hospice where she was responsible for counselling and bereavement support. She has an M.A. in Counselling and an M.Sc. in Educational Research, is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Shirley has spoken widely on death, dying and bereavement, has authored a book (Everylife: death, bereavement and life through the eyes of children, parents and practitioners), and made contributions to the literature, most recently in the Journal of Health Visiting and the Journal of Early Childhood.

Ken Pye FRSA

Ken Pye has recently retired as the Managing Director of ‘The Knowledge’; a consultancy that designed and delivered business-leadership and professional-development courses, workshops and lectures, to companies, organisations and agencies from all sectors, and all over the world.

Until the end of 2009, and for 10 years, Ken had been Senior Programme Director with Common Purpose, the international, leadership development organisation. In addition, and in a varied career spanning over 45 years, Ken has experience in all professional sectors. This includes working as a Residential Child Care Officer – with profoundly disabled youngsters; as a Youth and Community Leader; as the Community Development Worker for Toxteth; as the Northwest Regional Officer for Barnardos; and the National Partnership Director for the Business Environment Association..

He writes, broadcasts, and lectures on the history and heritage of his home City of Liverpool, and enthusiastically promotes it and its City Region. Ken also works with a number of senior professionals and key organisations, to ensure that Liverpool continues to evolve and fulfil its international role as a World Class City.

In addition to his professional commitments Ken acts as a special advisor to St Vincent’s School for the Sensory Impaired; served as a Trustee of St George’s Hall; was a founding Advisory Group Member of The St James’s Heritage Memorial Project; is a board member of a range of voluntary and community organisations; and a life-member of a number of local history societies and organisations.

Viorel Raducanescu

Viorel Raducanescu was born in Romania where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Galati in 1991. After graduation, he worked in shipping as a Shipping Agent and as a Chartering Manager for a very large steel producer in Galati.
In 1998, he moved to the UK in order to continue with further study and in 2000, he passed his exams and became a Chartered Shipbroker.

He currently has a number of other responsibilities as:

  • Controlling Council Member and Past-President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – Liverpool Branch (2010-2012)
  • Vice-Chairman for North-West Port Welfare Committee since 8 July 2009
  • Honorary Consul of Romania since 25 October 2012
  • President of Liverpool Shipbrokers’ Benevolent Society since 23 September 2015
  • President of Liverpool Consular Corps since 1 April 2016

On 1 December 2017, the President of Romania awarded him the National Order of Merit for ‘Faithful Service’ for his contribution to the development of UK-Romania relations.

Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds is an Alumna of Liverpool Hope University (Notre Dame) and, having been Head teacher of three successful schools in East Anglia and Surrey, was appointed to the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton as an Advisor, supporting schools in the development of Religious Education, and Leadership and Management in Catholic Schools.

Subsequently, she was appointed Schools’ Commissioner and Director of Schools in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1998. She retired from this position in December 2014. In addition to directing the overall management of the Diocesan Catholic Schools Service she has specific responsibility for the inspection and monitoring of the Catholic nature and leadership of diocesan schools and colleges. This includes advising on the appointment of senior staff, Foundation Governors and the provision of appropriate training and support.

Mary represented the diocese on education forums locally, nationally and internationally and was an executive member of the Catholic Education Service, for more than 10 years. In addition to holding a teaching certificate, CCRS and Bachelor of Arts degree, she holds a Masters Degree in The Management of Change from Sussex University. She is a registered section 48 Inspector, a director of ‘Rainbows’ and a director of a property management company in South Wales.

She is a Trustee of Missio, part of the worldwide network of Pontifical Mission Societies. In 2016 she was appointed a Dame of The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great by The Holy Father, Pope Francis, for services to Catholic Education. She currently has her own education consultancy; Mary Reynolds Consulting.

Ewan Roberts

Ewan left home at 17 and his early working life was spent at sea in the merchant navy, then later in seismic surveying. On coming ashore, he spent time teaching English to adults, getting to know refugees and some of the issues they faced. By way of different EU projects, he started work as manager at Asylum Link in 2005 and has been here ever since.

At 7, when asked what his dad did, Ewan’s son said, ‘He helps people and fixes things’, which is about right.

Patricia Roehling

Patricia Roehling has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is a full professor and former Chairperson of Psychology at Hope College in Holland, MI, USA. She is has published research in the areas of work and family, pedagogy, weight discrimination, substance abuse, and acculturation. She is author of Flipping the College Classroom, Evidence-Based Practices (2018) and co-author of Career Mystique (2010). Patricia has also served as director of research at the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute and as Director of the Psychological Clinic at Michigan State University.

Angela Samata

Angela recently completed her tenure as Chair of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct free service with online, face to face and telephone support to bereaved adults across the UK. Under her Chairmanship and together with a 10-strong Board and 150 volunteers, the number of support groups doubled, with over 50 free support groups currently throughout the UK, offering support to over 7,000 people bereaved by suicide each year. Angela led the Liverpool support group for 7 years and currently sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group looking at Suicide Prevention in England and Wales.

Angela recently presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated and winner of the Mind Media Award for Best Factual TV documentary, ‘Life After Suicide’. The film encouraged discussion and exploration of mental health issues, challenging the stigma of suicide. Describing her own experience and that of her children after her partner took his own life 12 years ago, Angela travelled the length and breadth of the UK talking to others who had experienced the same loss. The documentary was reshown as part of the BBC’s Mental Health Season #InTheMind and was watched world-wide by over 2.5 million viewers, with over 95,000 views to date on YouTube.

Her charity work, together with the making of the documentary were recently recognised as Angela was named as the Merseyside Woman of the Year 2015. Angela is currently working with The Zero Suicide Alliance, a collaborative of National Health Service Trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.

Dr Birgit Schreiber

Dr Birgit Schreiber (PhD) is the senior director of Student Affairs at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has worked in Higher Education for the past 20 years and has gathered experience in South Africa and abroad. She has published widely and has presented research papers and key notes.

She was a visiting scholar at various universities, including the University of California, Berkeley and has been a member and on the National Executive of various national and international professional organisations including SAFSAS and IASAS and she is on the International Advisory Board of NASPA.

She is on the editorial board of a number of Journals and on the executive of the Journal for Student Affairs in Africa and is the course convenor for the PG Diploma in Higher Education Management at the US Business School. Birgit lives with her children and husband in Cape Town, South Africa.

Alicia Smith

Alicia was part of the award-winning 2008 European Capital of Culture Bid and Delivery teams and developed and produced many projects. She is a key note speaker on various platforms on the Liverpool 08 experiences and journey.

Alicia leads on arts, participation, engagement and strategic cultural development for the city. She heads up a team that develop participation programmes and artistic commissions to enhance and animate the major events programme. Alicia oversees the main funding programme for our cultural organisations and has recently commissioned studies into the social impact of arts, future funding models and UNESCO City of Music.

Mike Stubbs

Mike Stubbs has been Director of FACT since May 2007. Previously he was Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Senior Research Resident at Dundee University’s School of Television Imaging and was the Founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA).

During his career, Mike has commissioned over 250 interactive, site-specific, performative, sonic and moving image-based artworks. Originally educated at the Royal College of Art and Cardiff College of Art, Mike is a film-maker and artist in his own right. His own internationally commissioned artwork encompasses broadcast films, video art, large-scale public projections and new media installation.

Recent initiatives include championing the new cross regional AND (Abandon Normal Devices) Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, commissioning KMA as part of Shanghai Expo 2010 and launching www.fact.tv, an online arts channel.

Nick Talbot

Nick Talbot has Cystic Fibrosis and despite being told he had 5 years to live as a teenager is now 42 and raises money and profile for Cystic Fibrosis charities by pushing boundaries on what had previously been possible. He survived the two worst natural disasters on Everest before finally becoming the first person with CF to summit the mountain. He has been recognised for this in a number of ways including receiving a Point of Light award from the UK Prime Minister.

Nick is CEO of a small international organisation which is recognised by the UN and World Bank, and works in the public interest to help improve part of the global financial system.

Neil Thorns

Neil is the Director of Advocacy and Education at CAFOD, one of the UK’s leading development organisations and the official development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

His work at CAFOD involves policy, campaigns and education in England and Wales and working with our partner organisations and networks on advocacy internationally.

He is also the Chair of the Climate Coalition (TCC) since 2011. TCC brings together over 150 development and environment groups including Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, RSPB, WWF, Friends of the Earth and the Women’s Institutes. Neil has worked in international development for a number of large and high profile organisations and has a Masters in the politics and economy of South Africa.

Sam Tomlin

Sam Tomlin is a Salvation Army officer in Old Swan, Liverpool, where he leads a local church and community centre along with his wife Jenni. After graduating from Oxford University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in theology he worked for various charities in London and as a researcher at two Westminster-based think tanks. He has been active with community organising group Citizens UK and is currently leading a local team to welcome a Syrian refugee family into Old Swan. He also holds a masters degree from St Mellitus College with a focus on political theology.

David Unsworth

David Unsworth had two spells at Everton as a player before returning for a third time in a coaching capacity in September 2013.

The Goodison favourite took up a position within the Club’s Under-21s setup alongside his former teammate Alan Stubbs, before full-time taking control of the team at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

During Unsworth’s time to date as head coach of the Under-21s, a number young players progressed to make their first-team debuts for Everton. These included Brendan Galloway, Gethin Jones, Ryan Ledson, Kieran Dowell, Matthew Pennington and, most recently, Callum Connolly, Tom Davies.

During the 2015/16 season, Unsworth steered Everton Under-21s to a third-place finish in the league table, which included a six-match unbeaten end to the campaign. The following season the competition was expanded into an Under-23 tournament and become known as ‘Premier League 2’, with David Unsworth’s young Blues crowned champions.

Dasho Karma Ura

Dasho Karma Ura (who studied in St. Stephen’s Delhi, Oxford University, Edinburgh University) is the president of Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH located in Thimphu, Bhutan. The Centre has research mandates on GNH, culture and history of Bhutan, and policy related studies. Gross National Happiness is a term coined by the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the 1970s. His career has spanned interest in development goals, statistics and indicators, and their policy applications, and Buddhist literature, fine arts and philosophy. He was a member of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution of Bhutan.

He was bestowed the honour of Druk Khorlo (Wheel of Dragon Kingdom) by His Majesty the King for his contributions to literature and fine arts. He has published extensively, painted frescoes, and designed numerous artistic artefacts, including the Nu 1000 denomination currency in your wallet. He produced a festival and its dances performed every year on December 13th on the mountain pass of Dochula.

Professor Stephan Wassong

Stephan Wassong is Full Professor at the German Sport University Cologne where he is Head of the Institute of Sport History and Director of its Olympic Studies Centre since 2009. He is Executive Director of the international study programme Master of Arts in Olympic Studies. Since 2015, he has been member of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Education Commission. He has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professor Wassong said: “The Big Hope 2 will be a platform for academic, social and personal exchange. That`s why it is a pleasure for me to contribute to it.”

Helen Watson

Helen is head of the Employment team and an experienced advocate and accredited mediator. She has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, including negotiating and drafting, TUPE disputes and large scale redundancies, trade union disputes, discrimination and harassment cases, and Employment Tribunal representation. Helen undertakes all of her own advocacy at tribunals and gained higher rights of audience in 2005.

Helen was at Abbey Gate School and Abbey Gate College, Chester before studying criminology and French at Keele University. She then returned to Chester College of Law to complete her Law Finals. Helen has a Masters degree in industrial relations and employment law. After successful spells at two other law firms, Helen joined Aaron & Partners in early 2007 as a partner and head of employment. She is currently studying to complete her Chartered Director exams this year.

Helen has been Chairman of Claire House Children’s Hospice for the last 6 years and a board member for 10 years. Other posts include Trustee at Theatre Clwyd and IoD North Wales Chairman.

Natasha Williamson

Natasha is a registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. She has worked in the area of counselling psychology for 10 years.

She has experience working with individuals, couples and groups touching a wide range of life impacting events (e.g. bereavement, rape and sexual assault, marriage breakdown, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, suicide) and has experience counselling people who are dealing with a huge range of difficult feelings such as loss, grief, anger, trauma, guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, coping after miscarriage, life transitions and infertility. Furthermore, specific work with children has involved building positive self-worth and self-esteem, supporting children and young people to cope with the loss of loved ones, working on self-identity, creating strategies to boost resilience, managing bullying, dealing with life in cyberspace and promoting healthy ways to cope with heavy feelings at home, school and with family & friends (on and off line).

Natasha is a counsellor in the Family Support Team at Claire House Children’s Hospice working with children (from the age of 4 years), adolescents and adults. Natasha’s primary theoretical approach is Carl Roger’s Person-Centred model, although additional training has provided her with an integrative toolkit taking resources from other modalities and theories. Whilst having good grounding in an established theoretical approach is important, Natasha believes that the value of and growth from counselling comes from the alliance and relationship between the client and counsellor.